We do not wish to be prescriptive as to what such centres may look like and how they may operate, and accept that there will be variation from centre to centre depending on local circumstances. We are open to creative and innovative ideas.
However, we will be looking for as many of the following attributes as possible from the hosting schools:
If schools are interested, we ask these schools to submit a formal proposal to the trustees, outlining how they would best run a centre. In exceptional circumstances, the trustees are willing to consider proposals put forward on a school’s own initiative.
In assessing proposals, we will be considering issues such as:
The Foundation supports the creation and running of centres for teaching Chinese, by funding teachers’ salaries and training, pupils’ trips to China, administration and technology. We expect all the schools and universities involved in the centres to become self-sufficient and aim to support them up to that point.
To date we have received considerably more interest than expected in our programme. We only see this increasing as the reach of the programme increases and more students travel to China to use the language and see the culture first-hand.
“The Swire Chinese Language Foundation have been extremely supportive but at no time have they tried to impose a certain model of delivery nor have they been prescriptive in any way. Rather, they have encouraged us a Swire Centre to adopt an approach which is most suitable and that will work in our context.”